Month: June 2020

One robot makes cocktails from 25 bottles hanging upside-down from the ceiling, another carves perfect ice balls in the fraction of the time it takes a human with a knife and an ice pick. Robo-bartenders are shaking up South Korea’s cafe and bar culture as the country transitions from intensive social distancing to what the
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[embedded content] Home testing kits will likely be an important part of monitoring Covid-19. Swab tests can tell whether a person is currently infected, while antibody tests look for signs of past infection. But before tests like these are rolled out, researchers need to make sure they’re reliable and easy for people to use at
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Electric-bike maker Cowboy has released a new iteration of its bike, the Cowboy 3. It’s a relatively small update that should make the experience better for newcomers. The first orders will be delivered at the end of July and the Cowboy 3 is now slightly more expensive at €2,290 or £1,990 ($2,500). The bike still
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In this crazy upside-down world, the line between residential and commercial energy is getting fuzzy.  Everything changed so quickly, it makes sense that climate and energy teams have yet to figure out how to account for the shift. But as companies such as Mastercard, Facebook and Twitter look at long-term remote work policies, working from
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Taking to the street: following the killing of George Floyd on 25 May by a police officer, protests and demonstrations have been held across the US against systemic racism, excessive use of police force and lack of accountability for police officers. (Courtesy: Christopher Brown/ZUMA Wire/Shutterstock) US scientific societies, universities and technology companies have reacted strongly
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. senators on Thursday introduced a bipartisan bill that would direct the Agriculture Department to help farmers, ranchers and landowners use carbon dioxide-absorbing practices to generate carbon credits, a rare collaboration on climate change. FILE PHOTO: Republican Senator Mike Braun speaks during a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing, on Capitol
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Snap announced this morning that it will not be promoting content from President Trump’s Snapchat account in its Discover tab following statements from Trump last week on Twitter, which threatened that protestors could be met with “vicious dogs” and “ominous weapons.” The move is notable for many reasons, but is particularly interesting because social media
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LONDON (Reuters) – Scientists are resuming COVID-19 trials of the now world-famous drug hydroxychloroquine, as confusion continues to reign about the anti-malarial hailed by U.S. President Donald Trump as a potential “game-changer” in fighting the pandemic. FILE PHOTO: The drug hydroxychloroquine, pushed by U.S. President Donald Trump and others in recent months as a possible
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WASHINGTON — A NASA airborne astronomy observatory that has been grounded for nearly three months by the coronavirus pandemic may resume flights later this month as advocates for the program address another cancellation threat. The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), a Boeing 747SP with a 2.5-meter infrared telescope, halted flight operations March 19 because
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Towards the end of the nineteenth century, chromosomal abnormalities detected under the light microscope revealed that a type of massive genome instability resulting in an abnormal number of chromosomes occurs in certain types of cancer. Not long after, the biochemist Otto Warburg observed that tumour cells tend to use pathways of glucose and energy metabolism
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Having flown under the radar for decades, the trucking industry more than proved its value during the COVID-19 crisis as hospital, grocery and e-commerce deliveries became critical. With more attention on the industry and its current practices, we want to focus on its future as well. Trucking is ready for a transition to electric vehicles,
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Living cell: schematic illustration of the solar cell proposed in this study, depicting the three light-harvesting mechanisms: (1) photosynthesis of cyanobacteria cells; (2) hot-electron injection from gold (Au) nanoparticles, (3) interband transition in zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorods. Indium tin oxide (ITO) is used as coating to increase the electrical conductivity of the glass substrate. (Reprinted
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WASHINGTON — NASA and Northrop Grumman are increasing work on the James Webb Space Telescope that slowed during the coronavirus pandemic, but the agency has yet to confirm a new launch date for the mission. Integration and testing, or I&T, of JWST was in progress at a Northrop Grumman facility in Southern California when NASA
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Amidst numerous uncertainties surrounding post-COVID corporate climate, one thing is certain: Sustainability managers will face multifaceted challenges.  Many could face budget cuts, even as their stakeholders expect them to ramp up sustainability efforts and seize this unique “opportunity” to initiate fundamental corporate transformations. Many may find their companies’ post COVID-19 business strategies are no longer
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Optical detector: the black rectangle at the centre of this image is a high-speed semiconductor photodiode that converts laser pulses to super-stable microwave frequencies. The diode is surrounded by a gold-coated border in which electrical leads are embedded. Wires connect the leads to the copper electrical circuit (top) used to extract microwave signals. The entire
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FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross poses near rocket models during an interview with Reuters in his office at the U.S. Department of Commerce building in Washington, U.S., October 5, 2018. REUTERS/Mary F. Calvert/File Photo WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Commerce Department said on Tuesday it was opening an investigation into whether imports
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Facebook staff protests the social network’s stance on Trump posts, Volkswagen finalizes its $2.6 billion investment in Argo AI and we examine complaints about the layoff process at events and travel startup Pollen. Here’s your Daily Crunch for June 2, 2020. 1. Facebook employees stage virtual walkout in protest of company’s stance on Trump posts
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